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National Institute of Dramatic Arts

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Description of National Institute of Dramatic Arts

  • Established: 1958
  • Location: Kensington, South Wales, Australia
  • Number of students: 12,500
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type: state.

The idea of creating an acting school belongs to the Australian Theater Fund. Through the efforts of AFT members, the first professional theater school was founded in Australia in 1958. The first graduation of 1959 was only 23 students, but today the National University of Theater Arts graduates about 3,000 people annually.

From the second year of work, additional ones began to be added to the main specialty: technical production, the study of theatrical crafts (costumes, sets), vocals, the art of dance, etc. In 1991, a magistracy was opened and teaching short-term courses began.

Among the most famous graduates of the university there are:

  • Cate blanchett
  • Alex russell
  • Lewis Fitz-Gerald
  • Mel Gibson
  • Harry greenwood
  • Jacqueline Mackenzie
  • Sarah Snook
  • John wood
  • Zindi Okeno
  • Fiona Cromby
  • Theodore Benton
  • Tommy Murphy et al.

Regularly, the educational institution, its current students and graduates, become winners of prestigious world prizes and awards:

  • Golden globe
  • Emmy Prime Award
  • BAFTA Awards et al.

The National University of Theater Arts has introduced a special educational system: in addition to basic loans, each student or group of students at the beginning of studying is entrusted with several projects that they must implement during their studies. It can be both full-fledged theatrical productions, and short films.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in National Institute of Dramatic Arts

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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year


  • A large number of famous graduates
  • An interesting educational process and qualified instructors
  • Busy student life
  • An opportunity to collect a portfolio already during the study period
  • Most of the practice
  • Interaction of students of different specialties
  • A large number of foreign students
  • Courses for children from 2 years
  • Participation in theatrical and cinema productions already during the training period
  • Acquaintance with famous people.

Facilities and equipment at National Institute of Dramatic Arts

The university campus covers a fairly large area, which allows you to place all the premises necessary for creative learning:

  • Atrium
  • Melburg Studios
  • Small and large stage for productions
  • Studios
  • Rehearsal rooms
  • Training rooms.

The maximum capacity of spectators in the halls of the university is about 800 people.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

In order to become a student of the National University of Theater Arts, an applicant must:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Provide a certificate of general secondary education or equivalent, a motivation letter
  • Adequate English proficiency ( IELTS 7.0, (IELTS 8.0 for BFA (Acting))
  • Take creative exams and go through interviews.

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  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
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- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.

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